The Northwest Alliance Community Foundation is pleased to announce the return of the Three Lakes Bicycling Tour!  October 1-3, 2021.


The Three Lakes Tour is a 3-day cycling tour over paved, scenic, Wisconsin back roads.

  • About 130 miles, including a short stint on the Gandy Dancer State Trail (route has its share of hills).
  • Sag Wagon van accompanies tour and carries camping gear.

DAY 1: Coon Lake Park (Frederic, WI) to Pines Campground (Balsam Lake, WI)

DAY 2: Pines Campground (Balsam Lake, WI) to Municipal Campground (Shell Lake, WI)

DAY 3: Municipal Campground (Shell Lake, WI) back to Coon Lake Park (Frederic, WI)

New this year:

  • Limited to 16 participants
  • Route reversed from prior years--prior climbs are now downhill glides!
  • A more inclusive, simplified flat fee

To Register click here.      Registration & donation: $60 per person Fee includes:

3 lunches
2 nights campground fees
State Trail Pass
Riders responsible for their own breakfasts and dinners off the menu at restaurants a short walk from each campground.

3 LAKES TOUR is a fundraising event. Net proceeds are split between co-sponsors Northwest Alliance Community Foundation/Environment Fund and Lake County Pedalers.

NACF is an affiliate of the St Croix Valley Foundation, a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization accredited by the Community Foundations National Standards Board and the Charities Review Council.

Lake Country Pedalers is a 501(c)(3 )nonprofit organization based in Webster, Wisconsin. Our mission is to nurture a bicycling community that brings people together for fun, recreation, and a form of transportation that is good for the environment and healthy living. We promote Burnett County as a bicycling destination for people of all ages and abilities.

Value of included items will be considered $30, therefore a tax-deductible donation of $30 will be acknowledged.



Who are the sponsors for this event? How will the funds raised be used?
·       Northwest Alliance Community Foundation is a 501c3 nonprofit that serves northern Polk and all of Burnett Counties. Funds raised are directed to our Environmental Fund which makes grants to other nonprofits in our area in support of programs and activities that get people out in the natural environment with the belief that to experience and enjoy nature leads to stewardship of nature.

What is the mileage for each day’s ride? How difficult is the route?
The Three-day ride is 42- 47- 44 miles respectively, with the possibility that road construction could add or subtract up to four miles on any given day. The roads are generally in good condition with sparse car traffic, but there may be some hills. We will stay mostly on blacktopped roads. The only exception is a 12 mile segment on Sunday on the Gandy Dancer State Trail, which has a crushed limestone surface (and no car traffic).

Is this ride suitable for a beginning rider or children?
Some riding experience and training is needed. You need to able to maintain an average speed of 10 miles per hour and understand and obey the rules of the road for safe biking. Bicycle helmets are required, ear buds are prohibited.
Forty-five miles each day is a shorter distance than many bike events, but the route is hilly and there is always a possibility of headwinds. Plan to be on the road up to 6 hours or more (rest stops included) each day.

What’s it like to ride on a tour? How do I prepare?
Sign up early and challenge yourself to ride often this summer. To prepare you should ride at least three days a week, beginning with rides of 5, 5, and 10 miles. Then gradually increase the distances each week. If you can mix in a couple of longer rides of 20 to 30 miles by early October, you will be ready. It’s time in the saddle that counts as you prepare, not how fast you ride.
A van will carry your camping gear (tent, sleeping pad, sleeping bag, personal gear) but you should plan to carry a raincoat, an extra layer of clothing and spare tube with you on the day’s ride. Pack light and tag your bags. Volunteers will be helping with the loading and unloading.
·       The van will also serve as a “sag wagon” that can be pressed into service to give you and your bike a ride in the event of unforeseen circumstances.
·       You should also prepare your bike.  Consider the ABCs:  proper air in the tires; brakes, chain and shifters in proper working order. If any doubt, have your bike checked out by a bicycle mechanic before the ride.

Will I need a trail pass for the Gandy Dancer trail?
If you are riding the route on Sunday morning, which includes a portion on the trail, and are 16 or older, the answer is yes. The Wisconsin State Trail pass is available locally in several places including our lunch stop on Sunday. The cost is $5 for a day pass or $25 for the calendar year and good for all Wisconsin State Trails.
Other questions? Send an email to:


Nurturing Your Nonprofit. Save the Date!

Supporting Mental Health in Our Community

October 5th, 1:00 – 2:30

Location: Zoom

The Northwest Alliance Community Foundation and the Mental Health Task Force of Polk County are pleased to sponsor a panel presentation sharing information on how to support people living with mental health issues, whether you work with them in person or over the phone. We will address the needs of different age populations. Learn what to say, how to listen and how to reassure people. We will also address where to send people for immediate help, including those who may be experiencing a crisis and find out what happens after a crisis is reported. Discussion and question time will be included.


Sam Hazen, CSW, Emergency Services Worker Polk Co. Behavioral Health/ Emergency Services
Duana Bremer, Social Service Director, The Salvation Army: Polk, Burnett, St. Croix and Barron Counties.
Ashley Williams, MSW, LCSW, Emergency Services Director/ Call Center Clinical Coordinator Northwest Connections
Alyson Sauter, 211 Community Impact Director United Way St. Croix Valley

To register, please go to and indicate your name and the organization that you represent.  We’ll send you the Zoom link closer to the event.

We look forward to seeing all of you!


More about Nurturing Your Nonprofit...

Nurturing Your Nonprofit (NYN) is NACF’s series of educational workshops offered to nonprofits to help them function more effectively and efficiently.  We organize 2-3 workshops per year addressing issues confronting nonprofit executives, their staffs and volunteers.  Providing low-cost workshops locally saves participants travel time, effort and money.  NACF conducted a recent survey among nonprofits and asked “if NACF had to choose doing one of these things, which would you choose?  Grants or Nurturing Your Nonprofit?”  The majority chose Nurturing Your Nonprofit!

Topics for NYN have included Grant writing, Marketing, Effective Board Leadership and Fundraising among others.  One great example is Nurturing Resilience, which was offered in partnership with the Mental Health Task Force of Polk County and Northwest Passage. The workshop presented information to gain an understanding of resiliency, why it’s important, and tools to aid us in helping those around us to thrive in this chaotic world.  Attendees learned how we can strengthen resiliency in ourselves and others.

One participant commented: You know what’s wicked cool about a progressive understanding of resilience?!  It means that we have control over building/strengthening it in ourselves and in the people who we work with!  It means that it’s not about hoping/praying that we are one of the lucky ones who happen to be resilient.  We can actually work to create a more resilient world and everyone, I mean everyone, has access to the incredible phenomena of being a survivor instead of a victim!!!!!!!”
Angela Fredrickson, Northwest Passage - 2019

Participants from other NYN EVENTS commented:

  • So much appreciated!!
  • Wonderful.  Thank you to everyone who made this possible!
  • Have more like this!
  • Well worth my time.

Watch for upcoming NURTURING YOUR NONPROFIT events.

NACF in the News


NACF Presents $7,000 to Area Schools

December 12, 2020

Fall, 2020 With the ongoing challenges due to COVID-19, the Northwest Alliance Community Foundation (NACF) took a different approach to our Fall Grant cycle. In response to our outreach to the 7 local school districts in our giving area, NACF donated $1,000 to each of these school districts for the purpose of helping teachers and students…

Read More

NACF founder Renee Nanez steps down as board chair

October 21, 2020
Read More

Let’s Work Together to Strengthen Our Community

August 26, 2020

NACF ACTIVITIES DURING COVID Social distancing, no large group events – the COVID guidelines have caused NACF to think outside its usual scope of activities these past months.  Beyond the housekeeping tasks of updating policies and refining procedures – similar to stay-at-home chores of cleaning closets and kitchen cupboards – the board has continued to…

Read More

We All Need Each Other–Help and Be Helped

April 11, 2020

As we are all sheltering in place and being extra careful around other people, don’t you begin to realize just how important and powerful is the concept of community? We all really do need each other in order to survive and thrive. In the effort to help keep each other operational, Northwest Alliance Community Foundation, serving Burnett and…

Read More